25 Winter Solstice Events In Massachusetts

Winter solstice celebrations bring stillness, light, and warmth into this season of holiday hustle. To that end, we give you this roundup of magical events to mark the day of the year (this year, Friday, December 21) with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year. And, of course, to welcome the return of the sun and the longer days to come!

Tuesday, December 18

1. Make a winter solstice craft to take home (Newton)

Wednesday, December 19

2. Celebrate Winter Solstice with storytelling, hiking, and a fire performance (Andover)

Thursday, December 20

3. Enjoy cookies and cocoa, take part in a snowman decorating contest, visit with Frosty, and gift bedding to those in need at this Belmont Light Winter Solstice Celebration (Belmont)

4. Take a candlelit stroll to see passages of "The Shortest Day” performed, then gather around the firepit for cocoa and s'mores at the Fruitlands Family Solstice Stroll (Harvard)

5. Gather together for poetry readings, live music, and inspiration in honor of the solstice (Winthrop)

Friday, December 21

6. Create winter solstice landscapes with cray-pas and watercolor resist painting (Acton)

7. Take a moonlit stroll through the meadow to look for animal tracks and listen for owls, then warm up with apple cider and create solstice art (Boston)

8. Gather around the fire to celebrate solstice with drumming, singing, hot cider, and s’mores (Concord)

9. It’s music, stories, candles, and ritual at this Winter Solstice Celebration (Danvers)

10. A magical luminary trail through winter woods, kids’ activities, live music, and a bonfire await at this Winter Solstice Celebration and Forest Luminaria Walk (Easthampton)

11. Create lanterns with glass jars and paper, experience a traditional spiral walk, and send off a wish to welcome the return of the light at Appleton Farms Winter Solstice Walk (Hamilton)

12. Hike the dunes of Crane Wildlife Refuge under the stars before warming up with hot cider, rum, and other refreshments while taking in the solstice night sky inside the Great House on Castle Hill (Ipswich)

13. Join storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a tapestry of songs and ancient tales to celebrate the solstice (Jamaica Plain)

14. Enjoy cocoa, dessert, hay bale seating around the campfire, stories of animals transitioning into winter, and a solstice hayride guided by lanterns under the stars (Marshfield)

15. This Solstice Illumination Night features campfires, s’mores, stories, and fire dancing (Milton)

16. Celebrate the shortest day with a Solstice scavenger hunt and craft activity (Medford)

17. Take a walk in the Fells to explore the meaning of solstice through poetry, lore, and science (Medford)

18. Learn why we have seasons and how different cultures mark the longest night of the year with legends and rituals at this festival of light with stories, songs, crafts, and snacks (Newburyport)

19. Learn about the history and importance of winter solstice, sip cocoa, and usher out the shortest day of the year with a short hike and sunset solstice ritual at Harold Parker State Park (North Andover)

20. Preschoolers explore candles and light with crafts, activities, and a winter walk (Princeton)

21. Light up the shortest night with the glow of hundreds of candle-lit luminaries and circle singing during this Winter Solstice Luminaria (Roslindale)

22. Create tin can lanterns, take a guided candlelit walk, hear passages from “The Shortest Day,” and enjoy cocoa, hot cider, cookies, and s’mores to welcome winter under the stars (Southborough)

23. Welcome the season at this Winter Solstice Hygge Potluck and Sunset Hike (Vineyard Haven)

Sunday, December 23

24. Say farewell to fall and welcome winter at this Solstice Celebration with a guided loop walk around Fresh Pond and solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way (Cambridge)

Now through January 1

25. Take a StoryWalk® through the Fells to explore the book It’s Winter (Stoneham)